Live, learn and work, all in a 10-mile radius


We’ve talked about having it all in Boalsburg, and if you’re considering a move to this historic and charming locale, you’re going to need a few more details on how to live, learn and work in Boalsburg.

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Boalsburg homes are on and off the market in mere days, if not hours, thanks to the low crime rate, high academic rankings and variety of price points. The vast majority of those who live in Boalsburg are homeowners versus renters. Rental options are fewer and farther between, though it is still possible to find rentals that are single-family homes. If you’re looking to move to the area, there are several sought-after neighborhoods to consider. Here are some suggestions for where to start:

  • Kaywood – The Kaywood neighborhood is extremely family-friendly. It has several styles of homes, a community park and picnic area, wooded lots or scenic views, and a newly developed extension area, Kaywood North.
  • Rockey Ridge – Rocky Ridge includes upscale modern homes off Route 45. Each new build has an individualized floor plan. With lots remaining, you can select your own plan, or check out one of the unique properties when it hits the market.
  • Laurel Hills and Bear Meadows – High-end neighborhoods at the base of Tussey Mountain boast custom-built homes with large lots. Their proximity to Rothrock State Park and Tussey Mountain make it a great place for those who desire a mere walk to adventure.
  • Springfield Commons – Thanks to the growth of State College and Boalsburg, there are several newer communities for those looking to build. Spring Field Commons is a choose-your-builder neighborhood with suggested floor plans based on the lots.

Each one of these neighborhoods falls in the State College Area School District boundaries (see the map below) and families would have the option to be bussed to their assigned elementary school, middle school or State College Area High School.

Photo from Centre County Government Community Resources


There’s a reason State College Area School District (SCASD) is highly sought after for Centre Country residents. Public School Review reveals that SCASD is in the top 20% of public school districts in Pennsylvania with one of the lowest student-to-teacher ratios in the state. And while high rankings and performance of schools is a priority for parents looking for stellar academic instruction, the schools aren’t the only consideration. SCASD is home to a lifestyle of short commutes, vibrant community and the great outdoors all at your fingertips. SCASD includes eight elementary (K-5) schools, two middle schools and one high school. The majority of Boalsburg residents attend Mount Nittany Elementary and Mount Nittany Middle School before moving on to the State College Area High School.

"SCASD is in the top 20% of public school districts in Pennsylvania with one of the lowest student-to-teacher ratios in the state."

For students interested in private schooling, there are several private and charter schools throughout the State College area. Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, for example, opened in August 2011 and is located centrally in Boalsburg.


Working in the State College area often has an all-roads-lead-to-Penn-State outcome. As the seventh-largest employer in Pennsylvania and the number one employer in Centre County, Penn State University offers thousands of employment opportunities. University employees living in Boalsburg will enjoy a 10-15 minute commute to campus and the benefits of working for a large university, which often include generous vacation time and retirement benefits.

However, if you’re not looking for the academic environment of Penn State, the area is also home to businesses full of expertise and top talent, such as Blatek, EnergyCAP and PendreaBio.


Perhaps one of the most recent additions to an interview process is the emphasis on work-life balance. Fewer employees are willing to spend hours each day commuting to a demanding office life that ends up taking the entirety of Monday through Friday hours. More employees are looking for flexible hours and remote work that give them more hours in a day to spend time taking care of home and family responsibilities, getting outside and staying active—all of which are easy to do in Boalsburg.

"SCASD is home to a lifestyle of short commutes, vibrant community and the great outdoors all at your fingertips."

Playgrounds, festivals, miles of walking, hiking and biking are all at the ready. Thanks to the area’s extensive bike paths, commuting via bike is ever-increasing in popularity. Coupled with sidewalks and quiet streets, Boalsburg and the State College area are well-equipped for outdoor movement throughout town.

Do work and life every really balance in Boalsburg? The evasive balance of work and life will be different for everyone. There’s no magic number of work to play hours, no formula that provides a one-size-fits-all solution. But there is one thing that makes chasing that balance easier: options, and living in Happy Valley has them. Check out Boalsburg as you look for your balance to live, learn, work and play.


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